Well…today, we have over a foot of snow out in my yard. I am not going anywhere until the streets clear up a little. I am so fortunate to be able to work virtually. The snow is really quite pretty when you don’t have to fight the chill and slush. As we head into the holiday season, I thought I would post a few of my sweet treat recipes that I have shared on my Instagram account–but not here on the blog. Want to follow me on Instagram? I provide a variety of different recipes and topics on my Instagram account. To follow me, click here!
The flour is this recipe is mostly oat flour–so I might argue that this dessert offers some good nutrition via prebiotics, healthy food for our beneficial gut microbes. I added dark chocolate too–which offers some healthy gut microbiome benefits too (read more here).
Have you heard of Congo bars? It’s like a blondie with chocolate chips. We always called them Congo bars growing up. I don’t recall my mother making these–but with the last 3 children in my family being girls–of the nine kids!!–there was always something sweet being made up in our kitchen, including these Congo bars. So good. So good.
Here’s the recipe…let me know what you think!
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup gluten free flour blend (I used Bob's Red Mill Gluten free 1 to 1 baking flour)
- 1 1/4 cup oat flour (use gluten free if following gluten free diet)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder (use gluten free if following gluten free diet)
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut (use sweetened or unsweetened, as desired)
- 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks or morsels
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Line 8 x 8 square pan with parchment paper
- In medium bowl, cream butter and brown sugar.
- Add in egg and vanilla.
- Slowly incorporate gluten free flour blend, oat flour and baking powder.
- Fold in coconut and walnuts.
- Spread mixture in pan.
- Top evenly with chocolate chunks or morsels, lightly pressing into dough.
- Bake 20-25 minutes. Edges will be slightly browned. Let cool completely before cutting.
- Bars keep well in refrigerator for 4-5 days (if they last).